Business Plan Contest

A Conversation with Top Investors

The MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest, held annually since 2011, is dedicated to contributing to a global entrepreneurial ecosystem based in the Greater Boston area through series of events:
  • Nurturing and activating entrepreneurs, through inspiring their spirit of innovation, training their comprehensive skills and expanding their social network.
  • Equipping entrepreneurs with resources, including mentors, funding, industry expertise, legal service and and know-how of marketing and business models, from both the U.S. and China.
  • Providing entrepreneurs in the U.S. with valuable connections in China and help on immersing their startups into the Chinese market.

Participating Teams in 2015


Since 2011, the MIT-CHIEF Pitch-to-China Business Plan Contest has been a major attraction for talented entrepreneurs and first-tier investors. In 2015, more than 200 teams from over 30 countries participated in the contest. The areas of interest include healthcare, new materials,renewable energy, smart hardware, artificial intelligence, and more.
Beyond the scope of the contest itself, MIT-CHIEF also provides start-up teams with abundant free resources within its entrepreneurial ecosystem. These resources include legal advices, marketing exploration, recruitment of young talents, and local connections in China.
Over the past five years, MIT-CHIEF has been focusing on serving startups in the early stages of business development. Start-ups nurtured in the MIT-CHIEF entrepreneurship community have attracted more than ¥1 billion investments. More than 20 teams were accepted to world renowned incubators, such as Y Combinator, Mass Challenge, Plug and Play, and 500 startup. More than 10 teams have successfully established and grown their business in China.

Cash Awards
at MIT on Nov 12

New Contest,
New Vision

This year, we have streamlined our selection process to allow startup teams that passed the first round of selection to submit their business plans directly to all partner investors and funds in the MIT-CHIEF startup community. Every participating team will get feedback directly from professionals in the top investment organizations. During the evaluation period, MIT-CHIEF will be dedicated to helping startup teams present their project to investors through both online channels and face-to-face meetings.
Startup teams ranked top 10 will join us in the MIT-CHIEF Annual Conference to be held on November 12th, where they will pitch their business plans to the most influential VCs and an audience of hundreds.
When startup teams sign up for the contest, they are not only a contestant in the competition, but also a member of MIT-CHIEF’s resourceful startup eco-system. We work closely with more than 200 powerful investors and institutions from both China and the US, more than 100 startup incubators around the globe, and more than 200 famous public companies. You will meet talented potential partners and insightful investors to help you realize your dreams.

The best teams pitch at MIT
to an audience of

Oct 1st (extended to Oct 7

Required Materials
Pitch Deck / Business Plan
(         Sample Templates )

 1-min Introductory Video
(Optional, submit after the 1st round)
* Affiliation with MIT is NOT a requirement for application.

* Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Teams with early submissions will have a chance to join private events with our partner investors for early feedback.

Apply Now
* Sign up in our MIT-CHIEF database, and then click on “Contest 2016 Application” to complete the process.